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Welcoming John Bree to GSC’s Advisory Board

John Bree is a financial industry professional with a proven track record in developing and managing AML/CTF, KYC, Anti-Fraud and Vendor & Third Party Risk Management programs. Bree has held senior positions in New York, Tokyo, Singapore and London for Citi and Deutsche Bankcovering corporate, investment, commercial and consumer banking operations. He has proficiency in developing and implementing analysis, operations, monitoring and investigation systems and processes involving transaction accounts, credit cards, debit cards and online banking.
Bree has also managed global staffs and corresponding budgets in multiple locations and delivered cost efficient and operationally effective programs ensuring compliance with local and global regulatory requirements. Through interaction with Internal Audit and regulatory agencies, including FRB, OCC, ECB, UK-FSA, MAS and Japan-FSA resolved MRIAs, MRAs and Findings, on time and without penalty.

Getting Perspective

John Bree’s Definition of “Responsible Sourcing”

“In today’s world of high speed and unlimited communications, we must always be considerate of an increased level of inaccuracy and “poetic license”. 

Fact checking has become a full time job for many. However, for me, responsible is a very simple term:

“Take ownership of what you do. Be aware of both immediate and long term benefits and consequences of your actions.”

Therefore, as we pursue new and innovative products and services, we must fairly weigh the impact on our planet and all its inhabitants. We must also be realistic that not everything we do will benefit everyone, but even though some may not benefit, they should not be harmed. If you believe in what you are doing, you should be proud to put your name on it…no hiding behind a brand or a supply chain partner.”

The Latest: Thought Leadership

Today’s Point-of-View From: Karen Morris

“Modern slavery, with almost unfathomable contradiction, lurks in the dark and depths of the domestic and international supply chain and struts in a miniskirt in the urban gloaming under her pimp’s surveillance or pushes an infant heiress in a thousand dollar stroller across Central Park.”

Karen Morris is a strategic advisor specializing in all aspects of innovation strategy and execution. She has developed unique, pragmatic and proven methodologies for growth strategies, innovation and product/platform development often in challenging market conditions.
Currently, Karen serves on the board of an international insurer where she chairs the risk committee; she is an adjunct professor for the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps innovation network; and she is also a mentor for PowerBridge New York’s Hacking for Energy innovation and entrepreneurship course.
Karen has over 25 years of experience in law, management, underwriting and multinational business. She is a frequent speaker and writer on innovation and leadership at global forums. Karen is a Senior Fellow of The Institute for Innovation in Large Organizations. She has served as an adjunct professor at Fordham University in New York, teaching innovation and customer-centricity as part of the MBA program. Morris has been a visiting lecturer at universities in France and Spain including IESE, voted the world’s foremost executive MBA program. She served on the Advisory Board of The Howe School of Business at The Stevens Institute of Technology. Karen currently sits on the Advisory Board of The University of Colorado, The World BPO/ITO Forum and Insurance Times Innovation 2016.

Food for Thought: Smuckers, Slavery, and Seafood

“…we raised the risks of severe labor and human rights violations to its reputation for operational excellence. The proposal argued the business case and moral imperative to demonstrate its corporate responsibility to protect human rights, a tenet of the U.N. Guiding Principles on Human Rights.”

Susan Baker, Vice President, Shareholder Advocacy, Trillium Asset Management, LLC
Susan is Vice President and member of Trillium’s Shareholder Advocacy team. She has over 20 years of experience in the investment industry having started her career at Harvard Management Company, and later moving to Trillium. At Trillium she has held responsibilities as equity research analyst and investment manager, and currently leads and participates in advocacy initiatives on issues including board and workplace diversity, human and labor rights, environmental health and sustainable agriculture.
Susan serves on the board of the Thirty Percent Coalition and holds a Master’s Degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education and B.A. from Middlebury College.

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What’s Your Story? Checking in with the 3S Award Winners

 The GSC 3S Awards is a global empowerment platform for small and mid-size “profit with purpose” business enterprises.
Established in 2008, the GSC 3S Awards program recognizes individuals and organizations that have demonstrated exceptional social and economic leadership in innovating, improving and implementing Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing (3S) practices.
The annual 3S Awards program identifies, honors and empowers social entrepreneurs by providing global visibility, connections to successful global business leadersand access to business resources and financial capital to succeed.
The GSC is committed to changing the way the world conducts business. We aim toempower companies to pursue profit with purpose in mind. These innovative social entrepreneurs represent the future pipeline of responsible suppliers to the global economy.
This week, hear from the 3rd Place Winner of the Empowerment Award: Bwom.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The Global Sourcing Council’s Annual Meeting

On January 30th, 2018, join the GSC team and top sustainability leaders in New York City for our annual meeting: “Unlocking the Business Value of Sustainability Through Innovation.”
Focusing on sustainabiliy, technology, and innovation, this event is sure to spark discussion and new ideas. Interested? Stay tuned for more details and new updates in the coming weeks!


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Lauren Bialkowski is the editor of The Source. She has been with the Global Sourcing Council since March 2017 and has assisted in the production & execution of the 3S Awards as well as presumed the role of Marketing Coordinator. To contribute to this publication, please send inquiries to: thesource@gscouncil.org